Climate & Nature Manager

Climate17

Climate & Nature Manager

Climate17 are pleased to be working with John Swire & Sons Ltd (JS&S), who are a large diversified global Group that has been established for over 200 years. They are the parent company to a range of businesses that trade across regions and as a wider Swire Group employ over 99,000 people worldwide. The team at the London HQ corporate office have responsibility for leading the direction of the JS&S Private Group strategy and provides a range of business services to the Private Group and its subsidiaries.
The Climate & Nature Manager is a newly created role and sits within the Sustainable Development Team. It is a key function and requires someone with a passion for nature, biodiversity and carbon. You will be involved in delivering a high-quality nature restoration and carbon offsetting investment scheme centrally and wider sustainability agenda for the entire Private Group.
JS&S are committed to the integration of sustainability across its range of businesses, with the aim of minimising environmental impact and enriching the lives of communities around the globe. Being a private firm, with a large investment fund, they are able to make fast paced long term decisions putting sustainability at the heart of the business. Creating a positive impact at scale through a long-term outlook, creating a successful low-carbon sustainable business in all it’s operating companies.

The Role

The Climate & Nature Manager has a dual purpose. Firstly, management and project leadership across a range of high-quality nature-led carbon offset projects for long term carbon removal offsetting requirements, with positive biodiversity and social impact. And, secondly supporting wider sustainable development projects across the JS&S THRIVE sustainability strategy – Climate, Waste, Water, People and Communities.
Within the role you will manage, monitor and report on newly invested projects to meet the ambitious climate goals and generate long term high-quality carbon removal credits schemes, in partnership with part time specialist contractors. As well as working in partnership with each of the subsidiary operating companies and central functions to advance the sustainability agenda across the Private Group. There is a need for this person to be present in the SW1 office when the team come together 3 days a week.

Key tasks include:-
• Working closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify, develop and manage suitable high quality nature-based carbon offset projects.
• Track the progress of nature investment projects against the desired principles of the offsetting strategy, reporting periodically to senior stakeholders.
• Prepare and deliver high quality papers to advance JS&S’s sustainability agenda, such as target development, progress of carbon offset/biodiversity projects, carbon and net zero targets, wider sustainability topics and research.
• Provide insights and input on JS&S and operating companies’ sustainability strategies.
• Work with the Sustainable Development Manager and wider team to engage, support and manage sustainability topics across JS&S private group and its Operating Companies.
• Build effective relationships with colleagues to productively execute the sustainable development strategy.
• Stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments within the sustainability arena relating to nature, biodiversity and carbon.
• Additional tasks in support of wider JS&S sustainability agenda and climate action.

Requirements

• Ideally a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related discipline such as environmental science, sustainability, sciences, carbon finance, business/project management.
• 3-5 years of professional experience in sustainability related field, preferably from a large, complex international organisation.
• Understanding of carbon offsetting and biodiversity markets, certification methodologies, project development and financial fundamentals.
• Good financial acumen with experience in project management, budgeting, and analysis.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with good written skills.
• Can work effectively as part of a team or independently.
• Adaptable with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is a self-starter with a good understanding of nature-based carbon offsetting and a passion for nature, or complementary skills and ability to quickly learn. There is a good salary and generous benefits package on offer, including a bonus and healthy pension. Please respond for more information or a confidential conversation.
About us
Climate17 is a purpose-led, international Renewable Energy & Sustainability recruitment firm. We provide specialist talent acquisition services to organisations seeking to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as those working towards the decarbonisation of the energy sector.
Inclusive Application Process
Climate17 is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We believe there is no solution to climate change without people. We aim to increase diversity across all areas and as such, we are committed to partnering with clients and candidates to create an inclusive and sustainable regenerative world. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or whether or not they have a disability. If you require additional support, equipment or resources in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know.